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 4 Wheeled Walking Frame

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4 Wheeled Walking Frame

It’s a sad fact that an increasing number of people have problems with mobility, which is why we have seen an increase in the use of 4 wheeled walking frames.

It’s also a sad fact that problems with mobility can give rise to all sorts of other problems – a lack of independence, social isolation, physical problems from lack of exercise and even depression.

It’s worth remembering that not everyone with mobility problems is older, so it’s also possible that a lack of mobility can lead to problems at work or unemployment.

Mobility assistance comes in a huge variety of shapes and sizes, from the humble walking stick right through to luxurious mobility scooters. In this article, we’re going to be looking at some of the options for those who can still walk but are perhaps not too steady on their feet or those who can’t walk very far without needing a rest.

Four Wheeled Walker

The ‘best-of-all-worlds’ option is the four wheeled walker. This has all the advantages of the tri walker but is made of a square frame with a wheel at each corner. This means much more support is provided because the frame is more rigid.

It also often means that more room is provided between the handlebars, allowing for a larger seat and/or more storage space.

Nearly all four wheeled walkers fold so as to be easily stored or transported in a car or on a bus with the user. Many are made of lightweight metals, making them easy to move around without losing sturdiness.

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Our Number 1, and best rated, 4 wheeled walking frame

Aluminium Rollator with Padded Seat

Why we rated this the best

  • Lightweight yet sturdy and supportive
  • Easy and quick to fold and unfold
  • Easy to operate, even for arthritis sufferers
  • Very stable and reassuring seat

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This is rated our best value for money 4 wheeled walking frame

Lightweight Folding 4 Wheel Rollator Walker

What you need to know

  • Good selection of colours available
  • Height adjustable, suitable for most shapes and sizes
  • Comfortable and supportive seat
  • Solid construction, easy to assemble

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The best of the rest

Folding Lightweight Rollator walking

What you need to know

  • Strong and supportive but still light to carry
  • Assembles in minutes, no tools required
  • Large size seat, suitable for big and small
  • Cane holder, tray and basket included as standard

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Ultra lightweight folding walker

What you need to know

  • Very lightweight, less than 7kg in total
  • Easy to manoeuvre, wheels move freely
  • Handy, good-sized compartment under seat
  • Comfortable and supportive seat

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Invacare Banjo Rollator Silver

What you need to know

  • Easy to use inside or outside the home
  • Convenient tray for carrying drinks easily
  • High quality, durable construction, feels very safe
  • Straightforward to assemble and use

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  • Folds easily, doesn’t take up much room when folded
  • Sturdy construction, suitable for rugged use
  • Supportive seat, great for long or short breaks from walking
  • Stable and very reassuring when in use

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Homecraft Four Wheeled Walker

What you need to know

  • Strong construction, feels solid on the road
  • No tools needed to assemble
  • Brakes are easy to operate, even for those with reduced grip
  • Quick to fold and unfold, easy to store

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Aidapt Lightweight Rollator

What you need to know

  • Substantial wheels, suitable for rougher surfaces
  • Very easy to use and manoeuvre
  • Robust construction, feels solid in use
  • Good size basket included, good for storage

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Compact Easy 4 Wheeled Walking Aid

What you need to know

  • Great for use around the garden, durable yet comfortable
  • Wide variety of height adjustments available, good for big and small
  • Compact when folded, easy to fit into car boot or take on bus
  • Seat can be lifted when walking to fit through tight gaps

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Walking Frame/Zimmer Frame

This is the most basic option. Most walking frames, also known as Zimmer frames, are simply a three-sided structure (normally made of tubular metal) that the user leans on for stability and support. The frame is lifted and placed ahead, then the user walks to the frame and repeats the process.

Walking frames are not suitable for those with low arm strength as the frame must be lifted frequently. Also, walking frames are less suitable for use outdoors or on uneven surfaces

Walking Frame/Zimmer Frame

This is the most basic option. Most walking frames, also known as Zimmer frames, are simply a three-sided structure (normally made of tubular metal) that the user leans on for stability and support. The frame is lifted and placed ahead, then the user walks to the frame and repeats the process.

Walking frames are not suitable for those with low arm strength as the frame must be lifted frequently. Also, walking frames are less suitable for use outdoors or on uneven surfaces.

alking Trolley

The walking trolley is usually a walking frame with one or more trays attached between the handles. This helps to solve the problem of the person who needs to carry food or drinks when using their frame.

However, the walking trolley is not suited to use outside the home. The trays are rarely deep enough to carry anything substantial, and would not therefore be suitable for use when shopping.

Tri Walker

The next option is the tri walker, a more sophisticated version of the walking frame. They normally consist of a metal frame with three large wheels, the front one of which can be used for steering. Handlebars are attached with brakes that can be used to lock the wheels. This is because most models have a seat between the handlebars.

The seat is a very useful feature, and allows the user to attempt longer distances without fear of getting stuck. If the user gets tired, they can take all of the weight off the legs and sit for as long as needed.

Most walkers also include a shopping basket, on the front of the frame or under the seat. This allows a much greater variety of uses than the walking frame or the walking trolley.

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Hayley Kenyon

Hayley Kenyon

Hayley is responsible for writing content on the site as well as managing the social media channels. She has a degree in Art and Humanities. Hayley has been reviewing and writing on products for a number of years and uses her experience to recommend the best products.

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